Released in 1986, this was the Mission's
debut album and still their best effort. Features Wayne Hussey
's slightly strained vocals (he still isn't such a great vocalist) going from a growl to a scream over a lot of basic rock guitars. Lyrically, there is still a lot of Sisters of Mercy
in this album, and in fact the great song "Garden of Delight" was originally recorded as a Sisters demo with different music. Musically, however, this is a whole new direction, much closer to a classic rock style, with acoustic guitars and more interesting drums than Doktor Avalanche
ever managed (no surprise there, since he
was a bargain-price drum machine).
Also notable for the presence of Julianne Regan from All About Eve singing backup on a few songs, adding a very nice touch.